Pan for Gold!

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For something really different you could become a gold prospector when you pan for gold at Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining set in the Lowther Hills on the Southern Upland Way.

This year at Hidden Treasures, a number of day and 2 day courses as well as taster courses are available. These gold panning courses will appeal to gold prospectors of all ages and ability – but remember, don’t forget to pack the wellies!

If you are attending any of the exciting gold panning courses at Hidden Treasures and you require hotel accommodation we would like to offer friends of Hidden Treasures our BEST RATE – just call us on 01864 502467 and quote HIDDEN TREASURES BEST RATE.

Gold can be found in many areas of Scotland and particularly in the Lowther Hills around Wanlockhead and Leadhills where gold panning has been popular for centuries.  Gold is found in the sands and gravels  in  the burns which act as a natural means of concentrating the gold.  At various times prospectors were drawn to the Wanlockhead locality in search of gold. The first documented evidence of the recovery of gold in the area is from the reign of King James IV of Scotland in the early 16th century. During the reign of King James V, gold from the Crawfurd Muir  was incorporated in the new crowns for the King and Queen. Much of the gold coinage of King James V (1513 – 1542) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542 – 1567) was minted in Edinburgh from gold from this area.

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